At the end of 1979, Hip Hop history was in the making in the unlikely city of Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.
Spyder D Career Bio
Spyder D, (whose birth name is Sidney Duane Hughes), career began in earnest in 1979 after being inspired by hearing Frankie Crocker on WBLS-FM in NY play a yet unsigned bands debut single. That band was Vaughan Mason & Crew and the song was "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll". "Spyder" immediately decided he was going to meet this band and see if they could be of assistance in jump starting his music career.
Though it took some time and planning, Spyder did indeed make contact with Vaughan Mason with the help of DJ Reggie Swindell and Lon Deleon, a talk show host on the West Side Manhattan set of a cable talk show in January of 1980.
After two years of honing his production skills under Vaughan Mason's tutelage, Spyder, Vaughan and Vaughan Mason & Crew drummer/vocalist Butch Dayo went into New Jersey recording studio EARS to re-record Spyder's original demo.
After a much heated debate from the night before, the trio of song writers decided they would create a new song about the popular dance craze called the Smurf.
"Smerphie's Dance was released at the beginning of 1983, and would begin a string of Billboard charting singles from Spyder as either artist, producer, or, as both artist and producer.
As Vaughan Mason took Spyder on as his protege, Spyder continued that cycle by taking other artists under his wing, including Sparky D & The Playgirls, Roxanne Shante, DJ Divine, Radio Personality Mr. Magic, Master Gee of the Sugar Hill Gang and Spyder's brother Spyder C just to name a few.
During this period of time between 1983 and 1988, Spyder signed to the management company Rush Productions, operated by Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons.
In January of 1986, Spyder became the host and co-producer of sports first post game rap concert, the brainchild of Atlanta Hawks PUblic Relations' Frank Timmerman. Spyder enlisted the talent of future superstars LL Cool J and Salt & Pepa, protégés Sparky D/DJ Red Alert and Profile Records label mates Jekyl & Hyde.
Spyder expanded his skill set during this 5 year span by becoming a manager at Hip Hops "Home Of The Hits" Power Play Recording studios after being introduced to owner Tony Arfi by his former school mate Davy D, who was King of Rap Kurtis Blow's DJ at the time.
Learning from various hit makers such as DJ Marley Marl, Arthur Baker, Jellybean Bean Benitez, Patrick Adams, Russell Simmons, the Aleem Twins, Malcolm McClaren, and super producer Larry Smith, Spyder became as versatile an artist as their is in the industry as he also became a studio engineer and competent musician/programmer as well.
Spyder has received BMI awards, Gold records and other honors during a career that now spans 36 years and counting.
As an entrepreneur he has co-owned two basketball franchises in Charlotte and Atlanta with fellow Hip Hop Legends Glenn "Sweety G" Toby and Freedom Williams.
He has also become an author, writing the book "I Hate Being Black", based on the lyrics of one of his new songs from a double album anthology entitled Spyder D's Greatest Skits Volumes 1 & 2.
The new expanded edition of the book is due early 2016 and has been picked up by NY independent Publishing House Morgan James.
Spyder has resurrected Newtroit Records, the record label he created in 1979 and has teamed up with Rainy Songs Entertainment for worldwide digital distribution.
Spyder credits Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame artist/producer Chuck D of Public Enemy with keeping his creativity engaged when Chuck D encouraged him to keep creating and writing. Chuck D then performed with David Ruffin Jr., son of Motown's famed Temptations lead singer on Spyder D's In Case You Didn't Know, distributed by Chuck D's Spit Digital Distribution.
Spyder D has already begun work on an all R&B album, in which he plans to announce the retirement of his rap career and begin anew as the solo soul artist "Unsung".
Mark Skillz has penned Spyder D's autobiography entitled "So You Wanna Be A Rapper (The Trials & Tribulations of Spyder D), available as an ebook at digital stores such as Amazon, Google and iTunes worldwide.
Spyder D is available for artist/producer consultation at a reasonable fee. Please contact him via number posted on this site.
You can find Spyder D‘s music & productions at any of the streaming or digital outlets (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play, etc. through Rainysongs Entertainment
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YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!!!!!
ByLisa Reedon August 20, 2013
This book is amazing! To read about a man and his struggles in the same time line as my own life was fascinating. I grew up listening to so many of the people he talks about in this book. I think we think its all glamour and great times and this book is an example of just how hard it is to make it in the rap world. Children of today don't realize the hard work and pain that comes from makin it. This book gives u a raw,real look into that life so many want to have. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. I love that it's REAL!!!! Thank you for telling your story. I'm sure I will read it again and again.
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Amazing biography that is sure to inspire!
ByAmazon Customeron June 1, 2015
This book is a great biography about one of hip hop's most underrated pioneers. Growing up I was a fan of his music and now, getting a true insight to the man behind the music, I am not only a fan, but inspired by Spyder-D‘s drive to follow his dreams. Spyder-D paints a picture of both the good times and the not so good times for an emcee trying to make a name for himself in the early years of this beautiful culture.
I recommend this to ANY lover of REAL hip hop or anyone who enjoys a good biography.
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The history of hip hop forfather
ByJorge of BHon September 18, 2013
I read this book in 2 days! I loved the personal stories and how they intertwined with the early days of hip hop. Spyder's life has been a non stop roller coaster and his love afair with Sparky has been just as nuts. I recommend this book especially to young rappers so they can get hip to the drama and pain of being a artist. Props to Mark Skillz for making sure this story was told and told well.
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ByAmazon Customeron February 5, 2016
Authentic and gritty. Mark Skillz paints a picture as only he can....
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ByStephanie Zunigaon September 12, 2013
Very well written, interesting read about a not often written about period of history! Highly recommended. Can't wait to see more from this author!
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A Compelling Story of One of Hip Hop's Unsung Heroes
BySheldon S. Tayloron August 17, 2013
Musicologist and prolific writer Mark Skillz does it again. After penning several articles chronicling the history of hip hop's first generation in Wax Poetics magazine, Mark returns with So You Wanna Be A Rapper: The Trials, Tribulations and Triumph of Spyder D. Nearly two decades before Bad Boy, Roc-A-Fella and Cash Money Records, Spyder was the first hip hop artist to release material on his own independent label.
Best known for his hit Smurphies Dance, Spyder's entrepreneurial spirit, charisma and self contained writing and production skills established him as the blueprint for future rapper-producers such as Kanye West. Skillz riveting page turner doubles as a rap timeline capturing hip hop's early days and commercial breakthrough. Along the way, Spyder recounts the debut of fellow Queens emcees and label mates Run-DMC, whose rise to prominence coincided with his own until record label politics and unscrupulous industry business practices grounded a career in the making. Part cautionary tale, part inspirational testimony; this autobiography is a must read for hip hop fans and anyone interested in rap before the brand marketing and the bling.
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Because of the era he came from, Spyder D is labeled “Old School”. In this video featuring his bouncy production, he answers that question in his own inimitable way.
Pioneering rap artist Spyder D shows his versatility by writing, producing, playing and singing this entire R&B Ballad all himself.
Being Black In America through the eyes, words and vocals of Hip Hop pioneer Spyder D
Spyder D enlists Rick & Roll Hall Of Fame artist Chuck D and Motown Legend Son David Ruffin Jr croons the hook on this low tempo Funk/Hip Hop joint.